About Anoushka Jago
Anoushka is a dancer and Gaga teacher based in London. She trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, on the Dance Journey Programme at Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company and at Nuova Officina della Danza. She has performed works by Jasmin Vardimon, Botis Seva and Akram Khan amongst others and in 2022 joined IL Dance (SE) for the creation and tour of ‘Something to do, Someone to love, Something to look forward to’ by Lee Brummer. Anoushka became a certified Gaga teacher in 2020 and since then has taught extensively in the UK and Europe.
Gaga classes offer a framework for users to connect to their bodies and imaginations, experience physical sensations, improve their flexibility and stamina, exercise their agility and explosive power, and enjoy the pleasure of movement in a welcoming, accepting atmosphere. Throughout the class, participants are guided by a series of evocative instructions deployed to increase awareness of and further amplify sensation. Rather than turning from one prompt to another, information is layered, building into a multisensory, physically challenging experience. While many instructions are imbued with rich imagery, the research of Gaga is fundamentally physical, insisting on a specific process of embodiment. Inside this shared research, the improvisational nature of the exploration enables each participant’s deeply personal connection with Gaga. Gaga/dancers deepens dancers’ awareness of physical sensations, expands their palette of available movement options, enhances their ability to modulate their energy and engage their explosive power, and enriches their movement quality with a wide range of textures. The classes are built on the same principles as Gaga/people classes but also employ the specific vocabulary and skills that are part and parcel of a dancer’s knowledge. The layering of familiar skills with Gaga tasks presents dancers with fresh challenges, and throughout the class, teachers prompt the dancers to visit more unfamiliar places and ways of moving as well, unlocking the endlessness of possibilities.